The Politics of Race…
With the presentation of historical clarification, and the concomitant underlying social indictment, the psychiatrist Frantz Fanon formulated Black Skin, White Masks to combat the oppression of black people; and thus applied psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory to explain the feelings of dependency and inadequacy that Black people experience in a White world.
“The black man is a black man; that is, as a result of a series of aberrations of affect, he is rooted at the core of a universe of which he must be extricated.
The problem is important. I propose nothing short of liberation of the man of colour from himself” Frantz Fanon, Black Skin White Masks.
As black people; we can pretend that we have forgotten what black politics is all about and what we should advocate for.
Black politics have always been characterized by the fight for equality; economic emancipation and also the so called ‘the struggle for economic freedom’ dominates all. The participation of Black people in main stream economy is the integral part of black politics; as black people have been on the brutal receiving end of exploitation in the work place, no political right and being disposed of their native land.
South African black politics have always been backed by the slogan “Mayibuye I Africa” a zulu saying for ‘bring back our Africa/land’. White politics have always been characterized by imperialism, dominance of the black race and colonialism.
Black politics will never end until the impossible endeavour of white politics takes a different shape. The white party will do whatever necessary for the dominance of the black man, including disguising, changing tactics, swallowing smaller black parties and exploiting the poor unbalanced black man.
Yes those with acute forgetfulness or rather specialized obliviousness should be reminded that; the landscape of black political activity in the 1960s was different that of the previous decade.
The apartheid government had banished the black resistance movements, in particular the ANC and the PAC. Black leaders, who were not imprisoned by the state, fled into exile. A barrage of restrictive legislation effectively silenced black opposition through banning, arrests, and the imprisonment of leaders.
Laws were passed to suit the all-time by then powerful white man as a result South Africa's economy grew and benefited white South Africans.
For black South Africans, however, the suffering continued. With the elections of the 1st new democratic president of South Africa in 1994, one can make several claims about black politics today. For one, it could be argued that black politics have matured and become the integral part of South African politics.
That black candidates were now accepted as significant segments of population beyond the black community. Since the 1994 South African black politics have moved beyond protest politics but to seeking mass political participation wit intentions of addressing economic inequalities.
Evolutionary change in elected positions that black politicians have sought and whom they pursued as their electoral constituents is easily deemed evident.
Since 1994, the good and also evidently so, the malevolent white man have been trying relentlessly to get back into power and he (she in this case) would do whatever necessary to get back into power even if it includes to brainwash and buy a black man’s vote.
Thus we see black politicians Patricia de Lille, Mmusi Maimane, Lindiwe Mazibuko and the (re-)tired brain Dr Mamphela Ramphele advancing the course of the white man. Allowing themselves to defend the scrapping of BBEEE and affirmative action policies.
Suddenly a new broom or amnesia and ignorance dominated our rationalization of political and economic environment. We then start presenting ourselves as white people and I guess that should be also pissing of whites off or rather solidifying their unfound gruesome belief that they have really conquered our generation.
It becomes disturbing when black politicians seek validation and approval from whites for their actions. It is seriously saddening when a black man fights for the interest of the ruthless white man.
The black man becomes the white man’s pawn. Such behaviour is more readily evident in upwardly mobile and educated black people who can afford to acquire status symbols within the world of the colonial acumen, such as an education abroad and mastery of the language of the colonizer, the white masks.
Suddenly with an exaggerated English accent you tell us that BEE is non-liberal and must be reversed, you put yourself in a position to be a servant of the white master.
Shame on you, telling your fellow previously disadvantaged black people that you are pushing for the so called factually irrelevant ‘Broad Based Approach’. You even have a nerve to tell us, we sober black people that affirmative action must stop.
Your reward is having tea with the madam and a pad on the shoulder that indeed you are a liberal and equally liberated black politician ready to serve under the white supreme leader.
You remain the necessary exploitable face of the campaign but not the leader of the party, the white man remains your master…